By Austin Peacemaker

A group of experts known as Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE), has refuted widespread reports, telling the United Nations (UN) that the Boko Haram terrorist sect has been defeated.

The group was reacting insinuations by the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, that the insurgents were yet to be defeated in the North East geo-political zone.

Addressing journalists yesterday in Abuja, CATE’s executive director, Comrade Gabriel Onoja, contended that the reality on ground as attested to by independent analysts and conflict resolution practitioners indicated that the terrorist group had been defeated.

Onoja expressed concern over the statement credited to the UN envoy, saying it could be a “precursor to the re-arming of the terrorists to cause more havoc.”

Abubakar-Shekau
Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau

Onoja noted that Chambas may have confirmed “initial fears of international conspiracy to make Nigeria fail”, wondering why the global agency was yet to disown the statement.

He said:

    “CATE is therefore looking beyond the surface in assessing the position declared by the UN and Chambas because it implies there are steps being taken by these players to revive and re-arm Boko Haram to ensure that all possible outcomes tally with their perverted position.

    “Irrespective of the twisted position that some key players may wish to adopt, our stand is that Boko Haram has been and remained defeated. The assessment that made us arrive at this conclusion is neither by the UN nor the Federal Government of Nigeria’s standard but we rather rely on the reality on ground as can be attested to by independent analysts as well as peace and conflict resolution practitioners on the field.

    “We urge the Nigerian military and government not to be caught napping.”
    Saluting the gallant role of the Nigerian Army and other Military and security bodies in the dismantling of Boko Haram Terrorists, some Nigerians have also expressed worry over the incessant positions and unpatriotic reports by some foreign organizations against the Nigerian Military. While also commending the amazing civil military roles and activities the army is embarking on in the North East to the internally displaced persons (IDPs), they also appealed to the Nigerian Military not to relent in their constitutional role”.